Phil Jones Bass Briefcase

Phil Jones Bass Briefcase

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Briefcase, Bass Guitar Combo Amp from Phil Jones Bass.

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Phil Jones Bass Briefcase tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Phil Jones Bass
  • Model: Briefcase
  • Category: Bass Guitar Combo Amps
  • Added in our database on: 04/12/2006

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Phil Jones Bass Briefcase user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
 2 reviews67 %
 1 user review33 %

JEAN-PAUL44's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Awesome!"

Phil Jones Bass Briefcase
Transistors and amplifier is analog, it is small but still weighs 14 kgs.
The connection is sufficient for this type of amp. It can disconnect the speaker to connect a bigger thanks to a small cord connected behind jack- jack and a line output allows connection to a PA system.
Management is scheduled headphone (level and connection)
The small equalizer enough to get the desired sound.
The quality is there, the sound is true and accurate.
Excellent given the size ...
(I had the chance to pay less because it was the demo equipment;-)


Very easy to use, you get the sound you want easily.


Medium rather playing with an old 4-String Jazz Bass combo that suits me, his faithful and very good attack, I had the opportunity to rehearse with 6 musicians in a "Nougaroo, Al Jarreau, Jonasz, Lavilliers" style with a drummer playing (without being a brute either:-) and the Briefcase says. Obviously we obtain not the big sound of the 15 hp "that shake the scene but to work and do small gigs it's downright great. If you make the folk, jazz or pop, it can really captivate you.


For home and small concerts is really suitable, more below a hatch allows to place a battery which makes it electrically independent (not supplied rechargeable battery that is 20 to 30 euros but also added 2 kgs weight).
For these reasons it ideally complements the equipment bassist.
Bass with one hand Briefcase another and you go play great right?

Babass's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Phil Jones Bass Briefcase
What kind of amplification (lamp, transistor ,...)?


What connection?

6.5 Input Jack, Switch with Active / Passive depending on your bass, a headphone output, output preamp-out jack and an XLR line output.

What is the power delivered?

100 Watts, which is suitable for playing in small clubs and rehearsal studios.

What are the settings, the effects?

In terms of settings, there is a volume, a compression with a switch that lights up and runs with a button, a 5-band EQ from 50 Hz to 12 kHz.


The configuration is it simple?

Simple as pie, no need of reading the doc technique to understand how it works ...

The manual is clear and sufficient?

With or without it is the same, given the simplicity about it.

Do you get a good sound easy?

Yes, plug and play, after it is a matter of taste, the sound is simple and straight (that's what I prefer ...), no fuss, if you have a good bass, you have a good sound ...


Right for your style of music?

For jazz, funk and other music genre, it is perfect.
By-cons for rock, pop rock or metal but rather a tube amp for you ...

What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "bold ",....)?

A lot of bass, medium and treble, so fairly balanced in all frequencies for such a small amp ...

With what (s) guitar (s) / low (s) or effect (s) do you play?

I play with a copy Fodera Emperor II 6-string (active), a Tobias Toby Pro 5 (active)
and also another copy signature Fodera Matthew Garrison (active).
I use effects such as a V-Bass and GR-20 Roland pedal and a DOD FX 22 Vibrothang Vibrato.

What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?

Nothing to say the sound is perfect for me, after that everyone's tastes ...


How long have you use it?

Since four months.

Have you tried many other models before buying it?

Yes, but I was looking for a portable amp and sounds.

With experience, you do again this choice?

Without hesitation ...

What is so special that you like most and least?

I like its modern and sober at the time, the fact that it is not cumbersome and it sounds despite it size and weight (11kg).

How would you rate the quality / price?

The price / quality ratio is very interesting, it is found on average between 550 and 650 €, but a thorough search on the internet you can find it even cheaper (I paid € 400 new, shipping included from a reseller eBay Italy).
Jean-François à Châteaubriant07/17/2010

Jean-François à Châteaubriant's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Indispensable!"

Phil Jones Bass Briefcase
Transistor, under 100w 4ohm, 2 hp to 5 ', compressor, 5-band equalization, jack Active / passive, headphone, DI stereo, line-out, mains or battery (not included, but for 20 € c' is not serious), provision for charging 12v (cigar or transformer alum) can also run on battery car for a much longer autonomy.
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It can hardly be simpler to use, and the sound is perfect.
But because there is one anyway, besides the perfection of sound, we must not put it anywhere ... So against a wall or a better angle of the wall for bass reflex ports to work.
So this excludes the use of feedback on outdoor scenes ... it's a bit unfortunate, but it is the jewel of the ransom.
in sound is perfect but I'm repeating myself as much clarity and definition without power problem in such a small thing is carément bluffing.
I play flamenco, funk and afro opportunity is on it's very sound, but frankly the same effects as the octave does it pose any problem.
The preamp is up (it's a buddy bass from the same brand) the settings its simple but very well studied. A flat on the compression that visibly do not attack me, I even have a kind of saturation on the agreements too powerful, it's a shame, because this detail is really near it on the very highest level.
whatever it wanted aisaiment can find it, but mostly because the return of the original sound (fingers and bass) is truly faithful.


in fact this amp has become my third hand. still there in small repeated on stage or Caf Conc preamp and if not big on outdoor scenes, and even in the dressing rooms to warm up, that I even play in my garden battery, short indispensable.
the sound is still there and very easy to manage in terms of change of style (even reggae it goes).


I bought this amp in 2008 from thomann and I like everything except the compression sometimes.
this is not an amp for metal or large (too large) volumes of sound, but what looked to PJB is successful:
amp not too expensive to extremely detailed, very solid and easy to use for a minimum of space. (Tower computer ...)
I remake that choice without any hesitation.
also if I have to keep larger scenes I will remain loyal to the brand from now completing my gear by model 300w, but for anything I do not separate myself from my briefcase.

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